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Inquiry into higher ed admissions processes

Need to ensure students "uni ready" 7 April 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The minister for education and training Simon Birmingham has tasked the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) to canvass options to improve information about the accessibility and comparability of course entry pathways and to ensure students are ‘uni ready’. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… He said students need a clear understanding of what they need to get into their course of choice and what will be expected of them through their further study, while universities need to be held to account – and that appears presently not to be the case: Some students are confused about university … [Read more...]

The Victorian VET Funding Review

8 May  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Victorian Review of VET Funding, headed by former Holmesglen chief Bruce Mackenzie, is due to make an initial report to the government in early June (with its final report at the end of August). Over 750 submissions were made to the review by VET providers, industry and employers, students, teachers, parents and other interested parties, including by TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), representing the public providers, the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET), representing private RTOs. Funding issues aside, on which there are significant issues, funding issues aside, TDA and ACPET aren’t worlds apart in what … [Read more...]

ACCC targets unethical providers

ABC News    |   30 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it expects to lay charges against unethical private training colleges after one of its biggest investigations. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… ACCC chairman Rod Sims told the ABC the watchdog's ongoing investigation into 10 unnamed private training providers around the country was at an advanced stage. We will end up taking some people to court to really send a signal about what's acceptable and what's not, he said.   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… We're really concerned about what looks like, what could be, really appalling   … [Read more...]

Inquiry into TAFE

22 March 2013 The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment is to inquire into and report on the role played by TAFEs in: the development of skills in the Australian economy; the development of opportunities for Australians to improve themselves and increase their life and employment prospects; the delivery of services and programs to support regions, communities and disadvantaged individuals to access training and skills and through them a pathway to employment; the operation of a competitive training market; and those jurisdictions in which State Governments have announced funding decisions which may impact on their operation and … [Read more...]